Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Antipodean Week...Day Three
Formed in Dunedin in 1978, The Clean are often described as the most influential band to come from the Flying Nun label and as the main proponent of the so called Dunedin Sound. If such a thing exists, it could loosely be thought of as a collective of bands from the University city of Dunedin who shared a love of The Velvets, The Stooges, psychedelic rock and punk/garage and created their own unique take on it that became known as the Dunedin Sound. Cited as an influence by bands such as REM and Pavement, the popularity of bands like The Clean coincided with the popularity of The Paisley Underground movement in The States, which helped bring their music to a wider audience, particularly in the UK. Uncut magazine years later cited both Dunedin and Glasgow as cornerstones of indie pop. As with most bands their sound developed over the years but I prefer their early lo-fi three chord wonders such as Tally Ho.